Ex BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, today (March 13, 2020) was sent to imprisonment by the Delhi High Court for 10 years for the 2017 Unnao Rape case. Sengar is also imposed with a fine of Rs. 25 Lakh by the CBI Court. The court also said that of the Rs. 25 Lakh, Rs. 10 lakh to be given to the victim and Rs. 15 lakh to be indulged in settlement of the prosecution expenses.
If Sengar fails to pay the fine, it is to be recovered by the Uttar Pradesh State by selling the property of Sengar under Section 421 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC) (Warrant for levy of fine).
The court directed the CBI to take appropriate measures to ensure the life and safety of the victim and her family. The court also gave the victim’s family an option to change their house and their identity, if they want to. The CBI has also been directed to look after the family in every 3 months so as to see if the family faces any threat perceptions. The CBI is directed to look after the victim’s residence in every 3 months.
Sengar is currently in Tihar jail and serving his life sentence in the Unnao rape case. Sengar, along with 6 others was found guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, said the District judge Dharmesh Sharma of the Tis Hazari Court.
The court also said the victim’s father was not intentionally killed but because he was beaten brutally, t succumbed to his death. The rape victim’s father was earlier alleged to have an illegal weapon at his residence due to which a case of Illegal Arms Act, 1959 was filed against him. He died in the judicial custody itself on April 9, 2018.
Sengar was convicted for commission of offences under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) and Sections 5(c) and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The court also proved that the rape survivor was minor and Sengar sexually assaulted her intentionally.
The trial of the case was held in-camera.
The Unnao rape survivor was kidnapped on June 4, 2017 and was then raped by Sengar. She was then sold for Rs. 60,000 and was later recovered at the Maakhi Police station.
After recovery, the victim was continuously threatened by Sengar and was warned by the police officials as well that were sent by Sengar.